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Why the Cassidy-Graham Bill will Harm U.S. Health Care

An overview of Cassidy-Graham by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) explains that it would cause millions of people to lose coverage, radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, eliminate or weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and increase out-of-pocket costs for individual market consumers.

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Obamacare Repeal Effort Still Alive in the Senate

If you thought the effort to repeal Obamacare was dead, think again. Late last week the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the legislative avenue the Senate had been using to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with 51 votes will expire on Sept. 30. A few senators are trying to pull together the Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal for a vote before that deadline, despite Republican leaders in Congress indicating a desire to focus on other priorities.

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California Legislation Could Hike Rx Drug Prices

Legislation in California threatens to raise prescription drug costs by imposing unnecessary mandates on pharmacy benefit managers, writes Dr. Edmund Pezalla, a scholar-in-residence at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

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Hereís How the Republican Healthcare Bill Would Affect HCBS

A new study from a researcher at the University of California provides a compelling portrait of how Medicaid would have looked had per captia caps been in place for a dozen years beginning in 2001 -- and it isnít a pretty picture. The study focuses on how home and community-based services (HCBS) spending would have been impacted under a per capitia caps regime from 2001-2013.

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CMS Seeks Publicís Help in Rolling Back Obamacare Rules

The agency this past week issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on ďhow to create a more flexible, streamlined approach to the regulatory structure of the individual and small group markets.Ē Translation: CMS wants to roll back many -- if not most -- of the rules it implemented during the Obama era in support of the Affordable Care Act, and it wants the publicís help in doing so.

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Hereís How Trumpís Budget Proposal Affects U.S. Seniors

As weíve previously noted, the presidentís proposed budget cuts Medicaid by $627 billion over 10 years. This is on top of the $839 billion proposed cut in the House of Representativesí American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Taken together, this would mean almost $1.3 trillion in Medicaid cuts over 10 years, an estimated 45% reduction in 2026. Nearly 7 million low-income seniors rely on Medicaid for their health and long-term care. Here are eight more ways President Trumpís budget plan negatively affects seniors ...

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House Bill Puts Home- and Community-Based Services at Risk

The House-passed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) now under consideration in the U.S. Senate would make home- and community-based services (HCBS) that states fund through Medicaid especially vulnerable to deep cuts, according to analysts who have thoroughly dissected the measure.

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Expert Eyes Medicaid Consequences Resulting from ACA Repeal

With at least a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) all but certain, a key unanswered question is what effect this will have on Medicaid, the nationís health care safety net.

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How the Trump Administration Could Change Medicaid

President-elect Donald Trump supports repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a Medicaid block grant. The GOP plan would allow states to choose between block grant and a per capita cap financing for Medicaid. The incoming Trump administration could also make changes to Medicaid without new legislation.

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How It Happened and What the Trump Presidency Means

American Benefits Council President James Klein offers an insightful view of what to expect from a Trump presidency...

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